Sunrise. An old green Toyota car. A white-haired veterinarian and a redhead teenage girl inside the car. So okay, there were two people traveling to see a certain young man and his grandparents’ veterinarian friend. What was unusual about that?
The car held more than two people. It also held two squirrels! They looked like thinner, younger versions of Vernon – if you must know.
The older squirrel became quite animated. He wanted to be sure the car was going in the right direction, so he jumped into the front seat and perched onto the gear shift.
Not to be outdone by her older brother, the girl squirrel jumped into Trudy’s curls and repeatedly pointed the way to Rod’s town. That is, until Trudy woke up from her little nap in the front seat as Dr. Zuckermil drove the car.
“Yowww! Argggh, what’s in my hair?” Trudy yelped.
At that point, Dr. Zuckermil, who did not have good side vision, turned his head to see what was bothering Trudy, and then he saw both squirrels! He pulled off the old highway just as quick as a cat takes off after a mouse.
“Help!” yelled the squirrels, even though it was the humans that might need help.
Amazingly, Dr. Zuckermil and Trudy both understood Animal. The squirrels were lucky!
“Where in tarnation did you come from?” the vet asked the squirrels.
When everyone in the car finally was able to breathe normally again, the humans got their answer.
“We hopped into your car when you were parked overnight at the motel,” Waynie the boy squirrel said.
“That’s because you left the windows rolled down,” his sister, Mary Ann, explained.
“But why did you want to come with us?” Trudy asked.
Waynie answered, “because our Uncle Vernon told us about…er…um…his friends and how we should visit him.”
(They didn’t want to give details about the concert. Let that be up to Nana and Gramps.)
“Oh, what town does your uncle live in?” asked Dr. Zuckermil.
“We don’t know the name, we just know how to get there,” the squirrels said in unison.
Not knowing that the squirrels’ Uncle Vernon knew Trudy’s boyfriend Rod, and that Rod and his grandparents knew Dr. Zuckerman, Dr. Zuckermil shrugged his shoulders and said, “Well, I guess it’s okay if you come along with us. At least, as far as we’re going…”
Trudy and Dr. Zuckermil took turns driving for the last eight and a half hours of their trip. They had stopped at a convenience store somewhere and picked up unsalted mixed nuts for Waynie and Mary Ann, and Trudy even poured some water into a little saucer that they could drink from. When they stopped at a rest area for a picnic lunch that they had packed, Waynie and Mary Ann got out too and scampered around and played in the trees. And they were sure to be back in the car in time to take off again. Going to see Uncle Vernon, and thus the concert, meant everything in the world to them.
- Cat gives birth to litter and then lends teat to baby squirrel (metro.co.uk)
- December Squirrel Watch 2013 (click2houston.com)